Latest posts by Obelixx

Getting paving slabs cut to measure

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:58

Used to have one and it was fine buy-t we bought it when I was just 40 and a lot stronger than I am now because I was so bored at work I'd go weight training for lunch 2 or 3 times a week.

Now I'm 27 and not bored so less strong and worried one would either run away with me or bounce up and re-arrange my noggin.

How to plant shrubs when near a fence

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:25

The shrubs will stop when they reach the fence and lose daylight.   Most of the growth will then be concentrated on the daylight side and top.

If it helps, there is a rule in Belgium - designed for neighbourly boundary peace - that hedges may not be planted closer than 60cms to one's boundary.  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:22

Gorgeous birds.  Very envious.

Parts of Scandinavia don't get daylight till even later FG and the winter daylight hours are so short that far north it's probably immaterial whether sunrise is 9am or 11am when it comes to getting to work or managing land and animals.

Great frog pic Clari.  It's ridiculous how little things can please us when we haven't been able to enjoy them in a while.  Enjoy your laundry.

Fish pie here with hake, leeks and mushrooms below and grated new potatoes above.


Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:16

Two dogs here and no problems with feeding birds.

Old Laptop

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 17:03

Get yourself protection form a company such as Malwarebytes - if they'll support you.  Doesn't cost much and keeps you safe from invaders.   Make sure also that you have all your data, photos, documents etc backed up onto an external disk drive or a series of large USB keys.

This PC is newish and came with Windows 10 but OH's is older and he's had 10 thrust on him and it has been dreadful.  Now he understands why I insisted on ditching my old PC for a new one a couple of years ago.   He gave up trying to do the fixes on his - lots of forums with advice and procedures  online - and bought himself a Chrome book which meets his needs now he no longer runs a golf club and its website.  May not be enough for you but a lot cheaper than a new PC.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:47

Has she calmed down Berghill?

The grumpy anti-social abandoned cat that we adopted finally turned into a cuddly but grumpy cat only to die of cancer in October.   We've now adopted 2 kittens form the local SOS place and, after one or two hiccups on the way, now play nicely with the two dogs.   Great fun.

Jacqueline - that camellia is sumptuous.  Mine from a local plant fair in October has no buds at all so I shall have to wait another year.


Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:37

The problem with any insecticide or washing up liquid solution is that it is indiscriminate and kills beneficial insects too.   If you can, just squish the majority of them with your fingers and squirt the rest with a hosepipe.  

I found, in my last garden, that if I fed the birds all year round the sparrow and tits would hoover up aphids to feed to their young chicks - essential source of moisture till hey can fly the nest and drink - and then ladybirds and hoverfly would arrive and take care of the rest.  No sprays.

Just need to be patient while nature gets the balance of predator and prey sorted and, if you can, keep your plants well ventilated and separated to reduce infestations in confined spaces.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 13:33

Thanks Chicky.  

That is lovely.  Strangely, there are no magnolias in flower round here that I've noticed so maybe they're later in this area and yet a hibiscus in our front garden is already showing leaf buds and in our Belgian garden that didn't happen till May.

Any comments on these plants?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 13:17

Sanguisorbas are lovely and great for attracting pollinators.  I've grown 2 or 3 forms before but donated so can't give exact names.

Paniculata means cone-shaped so they'll be the ones with larger flower heads and probably quite tall plants.  Again I've grown these but not that particular variety.

Both are perennials and a great addition to a border.  Look them on the RHS website for more details.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 13:13

Here's a close-up.

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